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Tamil Murasu launches Tamil-language version of S R Nathan's memoirs - "An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency"

Singapore, 12 July 2014 – Tamil Murasu, the Tamil-language daily of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH),  launched  the Tamil-language version of former President S R Nathan's memoirs "An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency" this morning at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple. 

The translation for the book, based on the English-language version first launched in September 2011, was done as a private commission by Mr A Palaniappan, Head Specialist (Languages) (English/Tamil) at the Language Services Department, Parliament of Singapore. He spent a year to complete the translated edition. Tamil Murasu sponsored the cost of translating and publishing the Tamil edition of the book, and is presented as a gift to the Tamil community. 

The event's guest-of-honour was Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law. The launch was attended by over 300 guests, including teachers, students, community leaders and well-wishers. 

The 678-page book is a series of Mr S R Nathan's personal recollections of events in Singapore's history. He talks about his difficult childhood; his experiences of the Japanese Occupation during World War 2; his personal observations of Singapore's relationship with Malaysia and discusses his experiences as an international diplomat. Mr S R Nathan also shared frankly about his time as President of Singapore and how he envisions Singapore growing and developing in the years ahead.

The book is not available for sale but copies can be obtained in return for donations made to the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA). The book will also be given free to Tamil students at Tamil Murasu events and functions.

For public enquiries, please contact the Tamil Murasu office at 6319-4009.


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About Tamil Murasu


Tamil Murasu was founded in 1935 by the late G Sarangapany. In 1996, SPH acquired Tamil Murasu with Times Publishing owning a minority stake, and in March 2004, the daily became wholly-owned by SPH. To broaden its reach, Tamil Murasu underwent two major revamps – one in 1999 and another in 2005, to beef up its coverage of local and foreign news, as well as sports and entertainment. With an average daily circulation of 18,000 copies on weekdays and 26,000 on weekends, Tamil Murasu now gives readers a daily dose of "something for everyone".


About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.


Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.


Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, 
omy.sg and SPH Razor. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions. The Malay language-daily Berita Harian has apps for both iPhones and Android smartphones and iPads, offering both native and PDF formats, and an online version.

Broadcasting

In the radio business, SPH Radio Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 


Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO. 


Properties

SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. 

The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:

· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore. 

The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. 

For more information, please visit 
www.sph.com.sg.